Jamie’s One Pan Wonders
Olly’s wine pairing: Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir 2021 (13.5%) £10.99, Aldi
This Kiwi red is an absolute cracker! Duck and pinot noir are a classic pairing, and this has extra-rich, vibrant fruit to tackle the bird as well as the hoisin and spice in Jamie’s recipe. Truly world-class.
Shredded Winter Salad
Olly’s wine pairing: Sxollie Granny Smith Cider (500ml, 4.5%) £2.20, Sainsbury’s
Sxollie means ‘scallywag’ in South Africa, from where this cider’s maker hails. Yet it’s beautifully behaved, with no nasty additives – just clean, pure juicy fruit, light and lovely for the vibrant salad.
Salmon in a bag with beet and potato
Olly’s wine pairing: Pecorino Terre di Chieti 2021 Abruzzo (13%) £7.99, Waitrose
What a zinger! Bright as a luminous peach, this silky gem is a standard bearer for purity and elegance, and features a lemony loveliness that slices through the salmon.
Sweet Potato Chilli
Olly’s wine pairing: Les Hauts de Saint Martin Saint Chinian 2020 (13.5%) £9, Co-op
An epic, spicy red, this can take the chipotle paste in the sweet potato chilli in its stride. Like Chateauneuf-du-Pape but without the hefty price tag, it’s heroic value for money.
Baked Lemon Cheesecake
Olly’s wine pairing: Martini Asti NV (7.5%) £8.50, Waitrose (down to £7.50 until 1 January)
Although the label may suggest otherwise, this is a sumptuously sweet bubbly that’s reminiscent of sparkling elderflower – and it makes for a scrumptious pairing with the lemon cheesecake.
Pear and Gingerbread Cake
Olly’s wine pairing: Riverina Kooliburra 8 Year Old Muscat Dessert Wine (37cl, 18%) £9.99, Aldi (in-store only)
Wow! This incredible Australian pudding wine, with its layers of flavours from sultanas to toffee, is a terrific treat with the Pear & Gingerbread Cake. Available in-store only.